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CCNY’s Theresa Montini Awarded $300K for Tobacco Cessation Study

April 8, 2015 | City College

Despite significant decreases in Americans’ tobacco use, approximately 70% of homeless people use tobacco. This high rate of tobacco use among homeless people is attributed to the links between tobacco use and substance use, and tobacco use and mental illness.

6 From CCNY Named NSF Graduate Research Fellows

April 6, 2015 | City College

Danielle G. Rivera, a master of Science in biology major at The City College of New York and five recent CCNY graduates have been awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships.

CSI Physicist Joins Colleagues from Yale to Propose World’s Smallest Light-Powered Gyroscope

April 6, 2015 | College of Staten Island

Light-Powered Gyroscope is World’s Smallest: Promises a Powerful Spin on Navigation TechnologiesA pair of light waves – one zipping clockwise the other counterclockwise around a microscopic track – may hold the key to creating the world’s smallest gyroscope: one a fraction of the width of a human hair.

Hunter’s 2015 Winners of NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

April 3, 2015 | Hunter College

Dalila Ordonez ’13, Benjamin Ruisch ’13 and Alexander Teachey ’15 have each won the 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. This top prize provides the winners with an annual stipend for three years, opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at their chosen graduate school. Ordonez […]

Li Ge’s Research on World’s Smallest Gyroscope Appears in Optica

April 1, 2015 | CUNY Graduate Center

Assistant Professor Li Ge (GC/Staten Island, Physics) has published a study in Optica that describes his development of what may help create the world’s smallest gyroscope.

U.S. Dept. of Energy Awards Queens College $40.5 Million to Continue Health Screening of Nuclear Weapons Workers

March 27, 2015 | Queens College

For 17 years, Queens College has provided free medical screenings to 30,000 nuclear weapons workers through its Worker Health Protection Program (WHPP). Now thanks to an award of $40.5 million from the U.S. Dept. of Energy, that work will continue for another five years, detecting illness at an early stage and saving more lives.

Hunter College High School Senior Takes Second Prize at Intel Science Talent Search in Washington, DC

March 27, 2015 | Hunter College

March 11, 2015: Kalia Firester, 17, won a 2nd prize award in the “Global Good” category at the annual Intel Science Talent Search. The prize, presented Tuesday night in Washington, DC, is accompanied by a $75,000 scholarship. A senior at Hunter College High School (HCHS), Firester was the only student among 40 Intel nationwide finalists […]

Benjamin Heim Shepard Named City Tech’s 2015-2016 Scholar on Campus

March 27, 2015 | New York City College of Technology

Benjamin Heim Shepard, associate professor of Human Services, has been named City Tech’s 2015-2016 Scholar on Campus. He will present his lecture “Rebel Friendships, Essential Others and Social Movements,” on Monday, April 20, at 5 p.m., in Namm Hall 119, 300 Jay Street, Downtown Brooklyn. The lecture is open to the public and free. Professor […]


March 27, 2015 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

A study led by Cathy Spatz Widom, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at John Jay College, found that offspring of parents with histories of child abuse and neglect are themselves at risk for childhood neglect and sexual abuse but not physical abuse. Titled “Intergenerational Transmission of Child Abuse and Neglect: Real or Detection Bias?” the study’s […]

Flawed Design Led to Failed HIV Study, Ida Susser Argues in Al Jazeera Op-Ed

March 17, 2015 | CUNY Graduate Center

The flawed research design of a study published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine represents a step backward in HIV prevention methods, Ida Susser (GC/Hunter, Anthropology) asserts in an Al Jazeera America op-ed.

Multiple Honors for GC’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Faculty and Students

March 17, 2015 | CUNY Graduate Center

Several faculty and students in the Graduate Center’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Program recently received prestigious grants and other honors: Professor Sunil Bhaskaran was named director of the recently launched Geospatial Center at Bronx Community College (BCC) in collaboration with the CUNY-CREST Institute.  The Center was awarded a major grant from the CUNY Workforce Development […]

Academic Works, the GC’s Research Repository, Draws Global Interest

March 17, 2015 | CUNY Graduate Center

With papers like “Birthing, Blackness, and the Body” and “The Kids Are All Right Online,” Academic Works, the Graduate Center’s new open-access institutional repository, has been racking up hits from across the globe.

CCNY’s Marom Bikson Elected to Elite Medical and Bio Engineering Group

March 13, 2015 | City College

Dr. Marom Bikson, professor of biomedical engineering in The City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering, will be inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering’s (AIMBE) College of Fellows Monday, March 16, in Washington, D.C. The ceremony will be held during AIMBE’s 2015 annual meeting at the National Academy of Sciences Great Hall.

Black History Month 2015: Wrap Up

March 13, 2015 | Hostos Community College

The Hostos community enjoyed an exhilarating and exciting 2015 Black History Month. Its Afrocentric focus and contemporary relevance made it a dynamic month of events.

4th Annual Shirley Chisholm Women’s Empowerment Conference

March 12, 2015 | Medgar Evers College

Black Women for Fairness, Equity & Justice, in collaboration with the Caribbean Research Center at Medgar Evers College, proudly host the 4th Annual Shirley Chisholm Women’s Empowerment Conference, Saturday, March 21, 2015. The event will be a daylong gathering of elected officials, community activists, business leaders and educators, including: NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray, U.S. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, NYC Councilmember Laurie Cumbo and Executive Vice President of 1199 SEIU, Estella Vasquez.

Pre-med Alum and Mentor Come Full Circle as Doctor and Patient

March 10, 2015 | York College

From left to right: York College professor, Jack Schlein, PhD and his former mentee, Daniel Brietstein, MD   In his 20-plus year medical career Dr. Daniel Brietstein, a pain management specialist in Lake Success, Long Island, must certainly have treated a few people from York College. But there is something special about one particular patient […]

Climate Change May Draw Gray Whale Back to Atlantic

March 10, 2015 | CUNY Graduate Center

The effects of global warming are proving so severe that the gray whale, famous for its annual migrations along the Pacific Coast, could find its way back to the Atlantic Ocean, according to a new study co-authored by scientists at the Graduate Center. The study, “Climate Impacts on Transocean Dispersal and Habitat in Gray Whales […]

City Tech Professor Publishes Riveting Discourse in Technology: A Reader for Writers

March 9, 2015 | New York City College of Technology

City Tech congratulates Johannah Rodgers, Associate Professor and Director of Composition in the English Department, on the publication of her book titled Technology: A Reader for Writers, an interdisciplinary approach to understanding technology. Rodgers’ new book presents a range of contemporary and classic articles that invite the reader to consider and engage with questions related […]

Seminar: Women in Science and Math

March 9, 2015 | Medgar Evers College

The Medgar Evers College School of Science, Health & Technology presents its 9th Women’s History Month Seminar on Women in Science and Math on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 11:30am in the EOJ Auditorium. The keynote speaker for this year’s seminar will be Dr. Maria de Fatima Lima, Dean and Professor of Medical Education in the School of Graduate Studies and Research at Meharry Medical College.

Lehman Professor Says Botanical Supplements Industry Must “Clean Up Its Act”

March 6, 2015 | Lehman College

A recent investigation by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman concluded that many of the herbal supplements sold by retailers Wal-Mart, Target and Walgreens contained fake ingredients. The supplements were subjected to DNA testing and the results showed that only 21 percent of the products had DNA from the plants or herbs advertised on the label. […]